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How can I accomplish this under Windows? Can I use VLC to gather this sort of information?

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In VLC you can read this from the "codec information" dialogue, access via the tools menu, which lists among the information presented the video resolution.

Be aware that the 720p/1080p only refers to the height though, and many wide-screen videos will seem smaller by this measure as the bars you see at the top/bottom are not encoded in the video stream, so you may need to look at the width instead. For instance a video intended to be full-screen at 16:9 (~1.78:1 - the most common aspect radio for a wide-screen TV) will be 1280x*720 but a wider wide screen video (films often use ratios like 1.85:1 and 2.35:1) might be 1280*545 (for 2.35:1 - it would be 1280*720 if the black bars to make the picture match the 16:9 ratio were encoded into the video stream but they are usually not unless you got a cap from an encoder who doesn't know what he is doing).

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You can use the good old GSpot to see the full specs of your videos.

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The name is a little... suggestive. – Corey Nov 14 '10 at 15:20
+1 GSpot has been a major help before VLC media players had better codecs – Ivo Flipse Nov 14 '10 at 16:16

If you are very much interested in the multimedia information behind any audio or video file, I might recommend you to start using MediaInfo a free software.

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